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Coding club designs sexual assault survivor help app

By Leah Nicolini | April 11, 2016

An NIU-built sexual assault help app will be released in the fall and Safe Passage expects the app to reduce the 6,500 calls it received on its 24-hour hotline in 2015.Four students from Tech Bark, an NIU coding club, teamed up with Kristen Myers, director...

This gender-neutral bathroom is located in the basement of Neptune North. NIU is working on a draft for the inclusion of more gender-neutral restrooms on campus.

NIU looking to implement gender-neutral bathrooms

By Ashley Morse | April 4, 2016

This gender-neutral bathroom is located in the basement of Neptune North. NIU is working on a draft for the inclusion of more gender-neutral restrooms on campus.

Not all compliant in sex assault education

By Jackie Nevarez | October 19, 2015

More than 25 percent of first-year students have not completed required sexual assault education programs.First-year students are required to complete two online programs: AlcoholEdu for College and Haven ­— Understanding Sexual Assault, to create...

Consent redefined by NIU

Consent redefined by NIU

By Alexander Chettiath | October 1, 2015

The phrase “no means no” will no longer be needed as the Violence Against Women Act implementation committee has redefined consent.“Consent: a clear, unambiguous, informed and voluntary agreement between all participants to knowingly engage in sexual...

Then-senior psychology major Brooke Harris defends herself from her opponent, an NIU campus police officer in full protective gear, in April 2014 during the Rape Aggression Defense program. The goal of the class is to educate women in case of an attack, said Lesley Rigg, interim vice president for Research and Graduate Studies.

NIU seeks reform, training to prevent sexual assault

By Kelly Bauer | April 16, 2015

NIU is changing its training and policies in an effort to improve how it prevents sexual assault and to better support survivors.NIU has already mandated online training for sexual assault awareness for incoming freshmen and transfer students. By May,...

Photos: All programs to face NIU’s reviews

Photos: All programs to face NIU’s reviews

By Brandon Semel | January 29, 2015

Kristen Myers (left) and graduate teaching assistant Rhiannon Catherwood from the Women’s Studies program discuss program prioritization. “The process should involve a collaborative effort between departments,” said Myers, director of Women’s Studies. “Programs like ours help to recruit and retain a greater diversity of students on campus.”

Fertile Ground goal: bring community closer together

By Alissa Jacobs | March 2, 2014

After 450 hours of labor, the Women’s Studies Program has revealed art arranged to produce a mosaic called Fertile Ground.The mosaic was unveiled at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Reavis Hall. The opening celebrated the completion of the Women’s Studies Mosaic...

Students need to practice safe sex

By Kim Randall | February 19, 2014

It is vital for college students to have safe and educated sex.National Condom Week is observed this week to promote safe sex and educate young adults about the health risks that accompany unprotected sex.This week helps to promote the idea of safe sex,...

Alumnus speaks about coming out

By Erin Kolb | October 20, 2013

Alumnus Carl Jenkins — a gay man who suffered sexual assault and intolerance during his time as a student — returned to NIU for the first time in nearly 40 years Thursday to talk about perseverance.Jenkins graduated in 1974 and moved to Chicago to...

LGBT, Women’s Studies meet and greet campus

By Rachel Scaman | September 5, 2013

The LGBT and Women’s Studies Program will hold an open house from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.The program held a similar open house Wednesday. During the meeting, students and staff were welcome to come in and learn how to get involved with LGBT and Women’s...

Women’s studies proposes merger with LGBT studies

By Ali Combs | June 25, 2013

The Women’s Studies program is looking at big changes over the next several months, including a possible name change, new certificates to be offered and a more inclusive curriculum. During the spring semester, students on the mailing lists for either...

LGBT Studies Program, Resource Center host weekly ‘Northern Pride Lunches’

By Juliana Leprich | April 4, 2012

Students interested in engaging in LGBT discussion over lunch have the option every Thursday through events hosted by the LGBT Resource Center and the LGBT Studies Program. The LGBT Resource Center hosts Northern Pride Lunches from noon to 1 p.m. in the...